Many of us can look back fondly on family traditions repeated year after year. Whether its building a snowman after the first snowfall, sharing a meal together on a special day, or watching a specific movie together, tradition is extremely important to the family unit. And as we grow families of our own, it’s important to remember just how important this is in our fast-paced lives. It’s easy to throw tradition by the wayside as our schedules get busier with babies, sports, parties, and work commitments. It feels like there’s never time to create traditions nor is there energy left over amidst everything in our busy lives.
Don’t compromise tradition. Traditions are one of the most important things you can create to form a bond with your family.
How many memories are realized in your mind when you start to think about the different traditions your family prioritized? Tradition helps form a tightly knit family unit filled with memories, fun and a sense of community. It gives us belonging. It helps us stay connected as a family when we prioritize tradition, not only through reminiscing, but also through being deliberate about spending time with one another to carry on these traditions.
Tradition allows for stability in the family, a constant that we can always count on. It helps form the structure of families, giving us and especially our children identity and a sense of security in a world that’s ever changing. Tradition offers us predictability.
And at a very basic level, tradition gives us something to look forward to. When we look back on fond memories of past years, we anticipate good times to come.
Without tradition, we are in danger of compromising our family unit. If a family doesn’t establish traditions, large or small, it can lose it’s sense of community and therefore can also lose it’s sense of purpose.
Naturally, most families will repeat old traditions but should also create new ones. The old traditions remind us of our history, while the new ones help us to create our own personal history. And both are equally important to prioritize.
In the wise words of author and life-coach Susan Lieberman, “Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.”
Consider your current family traditions and be deliberate about repeating them. It’s a decision you won’t regret.